599 reviews
  1. Worcester, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Website

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Cost

Net Price
$37,345/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,377/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,515/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,128/ year
  • $76-110k
    $34,770/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,813/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,096Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Academic
    37%
  • Smart
    37%
  • Hardworking
    11%
  • Respectful
    11%
  • Male
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.52 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Fast paced
    72%
  • Awesome
    12%
  • Different
    8%
  • You acquire experience on numerous projects
    8%

After Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Reviews

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WPI courses are structured in four terms; they are seven-week long, with a 10-day break between A and B Term, a month of Christmas vacation between B and C, and another 10-day break between C and D Term. While this structure makes courses very intense compared to other colleges, the fact that they last for only 7 weeks is refreshing and improves the students' quick-thinking ability. The courses are heavily based on practical work, research, public speaking, and travelling abroad. The class sizes vary, and while freshmen are often taught in big lecture rooms, they eventually develop stronger interactions with their professors, once their courses become more degree-specific. WPI is expensive, but it tends to be big on scholarships and financial aid, especially towards international students. Most freshmen live in dorms, which makes socializing easy, and then move to off-campus housing. Don't expect much from the Woo nightlife, but there are plenty of student parties throughout the year.
If you are looking to learn through multiple hands-on experiences that apply science and math to real life Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is the place for you. WPI has implemented a very unique approach to education that is very effective at preparing students for life as Engineers in the professional world. Requirements such as the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), and the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) are both excellent ways of letting students learn how to solve problems in an environment similar to their future career. Many other schools don’t offer these experiences, and it shows just how much WPI cares about preparing students for a successful life. As a minority it is hard to go by without noticing the obvious diversity problems. However, these problems seem non-existent because of the welcoming nature of the people on campus.
The school is an advocate of project-based and group learning which effectively prepares students for working world. This is what puts the school ahead of most others- the requirement of students to work efficiently together, despite their differing views and backgrounds. The project-based learning allows students to better prepared for internships and co-ops.

The school is also a great promoter of Co-ops and internships. The school's career services put a lot of effort into advising students on how to get good internships and also obtaining internships for the students themselves. They set up many career days that have proven very beneficial to students as well as employer companies. There has been much success in getting students jobs for summer as well as after after graduation.
  • College Sophomore
  • 8 months ago
  • Value